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Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem today (16.April 2021) filed the fundamental rights case in the registry of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against...

Sri Lanka Bar Association to challenge the China-backed Colombo Port City bill

Issuing a statement the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said that it is challenging the law to set up a commission to run Colombo...

Sri Lanka government must answer for the creeping ‘Myanmar-isation’ of the state – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

If the Government of Sri Lanka wants to congratulate itself which it seems to be desperately seeking to do on the (inevitable) passing of...

Sri Lanka: Director TID threatens detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem to make incrimination admissions, lawyers complain to HRCSL

A file photo. Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera. In a communication to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem, lawyers complain...

National Peace Council calls on the government to reconsider all three proposed laws

Image courtesy of www.complybook.com. The country is facing difficult challenges due to internal and external pressures which is increasing the level of frustration within society. ...

Abduction and torture of the journalist Sujeewa Gamage: FMM urges govt to reveal the truth 

The Free Media Movement considers the abduction and torture of a freelance journalist named Sujeewa Gamage as a serious threat to the safety and...

Lawyers appearing for detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem complain to BASL that TID officers listening and audio-recording their conversation

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem have complained to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about TID officers listening and audio-recording the conversation between...

Anyone who saws seeds of hate politics will be arrested – Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne

Image: Monk Ampitiye Sumana enjoys complete impunity for violent and hate speech against Tamils and Muslims. “As the authorized body of the country to protect...

Sri Lanka: New act to rehabilitate suspects accused of extremism without a judicial process

Image: LTTE members in a military-run rehabilitation camp (2016) The regulation " the Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01...

Commissions of Inquiry under Sri Lankan Law: What Cost to Sri Lanka? – Dr. Justice Chandradasa Nanayakkara

Image: President receives the final report of the PCoI into the Easter Sunday attack. Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic proliferation of commissions of inquiry,...

Sri Lanka’s “political victimisation” commission : 40 opposition members want SC to deal with members of CoI for contempt of court

In a signed letter to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and other Supreme Court (SC) Justices forty Members of the  parliamentary oppostion Samagi Jana Balawegaya...

Sri Lanka: Political victimisation report “may undermine rule of law, impair the independence of the judiciary..” say 12 Presidential Councilors

The contents of the report of the commission of inquiry to the presidential political victimisation commissioners Messrs Upali Abeyratne, Chandra Jayathilaka and Chandra Fernando...

‘A hard rain’ destined to fall on Sri Lanka’s institutions of justice – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

To mercilessly mangle Bob Dylan’s timeless words, ‘a hard rain’ will fall on Sri Lanka if hammer blows continue to be aimed at judicial,...

Upali Abeyrathana commission has overstepped its mandate; Lawyers to move CA against PCoI report

The JVP-led Lawyers for Democracy is planning to move the Court of Appeal against the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political...

Sri Lanka: Who’s Who in the “Independent Commissions” (01)

Sri Lanka Brief Fact Sheet 01/2021. Who’s Who in the “Independent Commissions” 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka expanded the executive powers of...

Cabinet decisions, 2015.01.21: Wijayadasa Rajapaksa also took part in forming “Anti Corruption Committee”, he has complained against!

According to the Cabinet decisions taken on 2015-01-21 Wijayadasa Rajapaksa was appointed as the chair of a committee to make recommendations for the introduction...

Fort Magistrate makes historic order in Hejaaz Hizbullah case: PTA detention order does not suspend Criminal Procedure Code

Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday made a historic order holding that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) does not suspend the application of the...

Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist, Lasantha W. seeks relief from the UN

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP—acting on behalf of Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of acclaimed Sri Lankan journalist...

Sri Lankan government detains young Muslim poet on bogus charges – S. Jayanth

Ahnaf Jazeem, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan poet, remains in jail without charge after being falsely accused, by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on May...

The issue of justice in this country is a subject that paints a bleak picture – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: Minister of Justice Ali Sabry -" He may feel like the Minister of ports and shipping of Afghanistan today" ( Photo: Ceylon Today) "The...

A government Defence of the judiciary that does more damage than good – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Minister of Justice who went charging into Parliament this week to pontificate or plead for judges to be protected...

Lanka’s highest court rejects petitions from Muslims against COVID-19 cremations

Colombo, Dec 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by members of the Muslim community against the government's regulation that...

Sri Lanka police want to keep persons suspected of terrorism in their custody for a year, without bail & judicial overview!

The power to issue detention orders for suspects arrested on terrorism-related activities should be given to a Deputy Inspector of Police instead of a...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...

Justice for Hejaaz: The bell tolls, but the Bar is silent – Gehan Gunatilleke

Seven months have passed since the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah. When he was taken into custody on 14 April, his...

What we have now is far worse: it is rule by executive dictats – M.A. Sumanthiran

"Rule of law, it has been said is the bedrock of democracy. Even rule by law is undesirable. But what we have now is...

The 20th Amendment’s increase of judges and consequent concerns – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: File photo of high Court judges in Sri Lanka. Eyebrows are being raised over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s inclusion of provisions at...
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